I am so new at this. I've been taking care of my dad for three months now, just about 24/7. I do have help. I work part time from home. I've been reading topics on the forums here since before I joined. I see that there are a lot of feelings family caregivers have from one end of the spectrum to the other. I've been trying to do all the positive reinforcements to help burn out. I have a wonderful husband and family to help, but one thing I can't control: The feeling every morning... Is today the day my dad will be at rest?
Every morning I wake up with a knot in my stomach. If I don't hear his TV on or any noise from his room by 7am I'm a wreck. I find myself checking in on him just about every hour, just to make sure he's still breathing. I feel so awful feeling this way. I can't seem to concentrate until I know he's awake and ready to get dressed for the day. I hate planing for future events because I don't know what each day will be. He has CHF and some other health issues. Most of the time is is well, just can not be left alone.
So, how do family caregivers get over this every morning dread feeling???